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Pianist-composer Belle Chen brings her unique immersive live performance to Stone Nest, reimagining her whimsical and imaginative album ‘Ravel In The Forest’ live with her 8 piece modern chamber ensemble.
Notes fall like raindrops, quickening pace as the clouds gather. The piano melody splish sploshes into the electronic soundscape; the trees become denser, the journey more profound. Belle Chen's new album ‘Ravel In The Forest’, leads the listener through ancient woodland, quiet clearings and tropical canopies. We're accompanied by birds, a chameleon, a dragonfly – the wonder of the natural world is imbued into this imaginary space.
Praised as an artist that is “Original and provocative… feels like the sense of discovery...” (- Brian Eno), the Australian Music Prize-nominated artist has performed solo shows on stages including Royal Albert Hall’s Steinway Series, LSO St. Luke's, Kings Place, Shambala Festival, Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide, Latitude Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre and Piano City Milano.
In her live shows, Belle takes a quirky, yet tender approach to musical storytelling. With the unmistakable influences of Maurice Ravel, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Joe Hisaishi’s melodic sweetness shining through, Belle blends sonic synth explorations and free flowing improvisations that feel equally at home on jazz or experimental stages.
In this special performance, Belle is joined by a string quartet from the award-winning Engines Orchestra led by Phil Meadows (Metropole Orkest, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia), multi-instrumentalist Brendan Cox (Imogen Heap, Guy Sigsworth, Patrick Wolf), and Korean piri artist SEAYOOL.
Presented in stunning immersive audio featuring L-ISA sound technology by L-Acoustics this special performance will sonically transform the iconic Stone Nest chapel.
Belle Chen - Piano, Keys, Synth
Phil Meadows - MD with the Engines Orchestra String Quartet
Brendan Cox - Keys, Guitar
Seayool Kim - Piri
‘Ravel In The Forest’ releases on Platoon 16th February 2024.
“Beautiful pieces and flawless execution… A delightful surprise for all of your senses” (- Headphone Commute)
“An absorbing performance by a unique musical innovator” (- Limelight Magazine)
Stone Nest is an arts
organisation and performance venue in the heart of London's West End,
bringing exceptional and experimental art to a wide audience. A hidden gem nestled amidst the bright lights of
theatreland, it offers a platform for bold, visionary artists and a
space where audiences can encounter an eclectic programme of
Stone Nest is an old building and unfortunately cannot currently
accommodate electric wheelchairs. We can accommodate manually operated
wheelchairs via a temporary ramp; please let us know that you are a
wheelchair user when booking and whether a Companion will be
accompanying you, and we will arrange a Companion ticket for you.
Stone Nest, W1D 5EZ